Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Stories” The Naughty List on FX on Hulu: Anya from Buffy warned us…

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“People want to see what they’ve never seen before…”

American Horror Stories released its fourth episode, “The Naughty List” on July 29th 2021. The episode is available to watch on FX on Hulu. Episode four stars Kevin McHale, Nico Greetham, Dyllon Burnside, Charles Melton and Danny Trejo. The episode runs for approximately 40 minutes.

What is “The Bro House?” Well, it apparently means “no excuses, no limits,” but it’s really about a few social influencers who all live together in an extravagant mansion. They are basically an obnoxious group of frat boys who never grew up as they strive to hit five million followers by pulling pranks, but things drastically change when they upload a controversial video.

Here is the trailer:

American Horror Stories: The Naughty List attempts to make a bold statement with this entry. Danny Trejo is cast as the bad Santa who will make you scream and shout, but does this overdone premise deliver? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Creepy Santa legend comes to life.

As a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, I was more than thrilled to hear about the legend behind “The Wild Man,” or the real Santa Claus. There was an episode of Buffy where Anya sat at the Christmas dinner table and told Dawn all about the real Santa Claus and it seemed to fit this description almost perfectly.

Never doubt our girl Anya!

Well, Danny Trejo is the modern version of “The Wild Man,” as he poses as Santa Claus and is determined to punish the naughty in extreme and horrifying ways.

Sounds promising…

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Danny Trejo is worth the wait.

You do have to sit through quite a bit of nonsense, but Danny Trejo is absolutely worth the wait. He is the best part of this episode and a villain worth cheering for. I’m still not sure how he pulled it all off, but I was entertained enough to forget about the details.

The Cons:

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A plot I’ve seen before…

Horror’s take on social media influencers is popping up quite a lot these days. Hulu’s Into the Dark presented us with “New Year, New You” and I recently watched Shook on Shudder which also took a stab at this. 

In a lot of ways, I think this entry attempted to channel Scream Queens, but with guys. Except the humor and sarcasm didn’t deliver for me and I was left watching a group of obnoxious guys take up too much screen time. While I get that was part of the set-up for what came later, it just hurt my head and not even Riverdale’s Charles Melton could make it better.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

Danny Trejo was bloody fantastic and once we got into the second half of the episode, it improved a lot. However, there was a lot to endure before that and the plot felt stale and overdone. I think the idea was there, but the execution could have been a lot better with some of the fluff in between. Either way, I was entertained at the end.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

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Review of the “Charmed” Season 3 Finale on The CW: The Curse of Being the Eldest Sister

*Please note that MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on the Charmed reboot series.*

“This was a life of sacrifice…”

The Charmed reboot just finished its third season and while the original series remains as one of my favorite series of all time, the reboot has been finding its way and its own voice over the seasons separate from the original series. I almost feel like the reboot should have been called something different so that one doesn’t make comparisons, but after watching the season 3 finale, I immediately began to make connections and parallels. The season 3 finale aired on July 23rd 2021. The show stars Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery, Melonie Diaz, and Rupert Evans.

Before watching the season finale, I read the news that Madeleine Mantock (Eldest sister, Macy) would not be returning to the show for season 4, which pretty much gave away the ending of the season 3 finale for me.

While I respect her decision to leave the show, I can’t help remembering how Shannen Doherty’s character, Prue also only lasted three seasons on the original series, which was one of the most heartbreaking moments of the show for me, but luckily Rose McGowan seamlessly stepped into the role as long-lost sister, Paige to keep fans invested.

Shannen Doherty’s departure was very sudden and there was a lot that I wish had been done differently if things had gone another way, but with Macy’s departure, we got to witness a beautiful episode that may be the strongest of the reboot series to date.

But does the season finale do enough to keep us coming back for more magic in the future now that we know that one of our key characters is not coming back? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Clever use of what-if dream sequences.

It’s difficult to say goodbye to characters we have come to know and love. For me, the sudden ones stay with me the most. However, the Charmed reboot took a different approach with Macy’s goodbye after she defeated the Whispering Evil by basically sacrificing herself. We got to witness several dream sequences from a spell of her being able to do everything she wanted to do. We witnessed fun moments like on a carousel and sky diving, leading up to a beautiful Hacy wedding that actually had me in tears.

I thought this was a smart decision because it prevented the episode from feeling too heavy. I actually thoroughly enjoyed these moments. They were heartwarming and truly touching.

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Harry’s love is inspiring.

Love on Charmed has always been a roller coaster ride of emotions. When I think of what Piper and Leo went through over the seasons along with Phoebe and Cole, it seems hard to come close to these ships, but Hacy fans have a lot to celebrate and mourn in this episode. I think that one of the best parts of the reboot has been the relationship between Harry and Macy and while we got to see a beautiful moment with their what-if wedding, what does Macy’s death mean for Harry?

We got that cliffhanger ending at the end and learn that Jordan might actually be the new whitelighter so does that mean Harry will be leaving as well or is he destined to find a new path? While I’m deeply saddened that these two did not get to truly live out their happily ever after, you have to admire and respect Harry’s loyalty and love for Macy. It’s something truly extraordinary and I think the season finale captured this well, although I would have liked to see a little more screen time for these two together.

The Cons:

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The timing of the announcement.

I heard about the news of Macy’s departure from the show a few days before the season finale aired, which kind of ruined things for me. I went into the show knowing what to expect and I think that I would have loved this episode even more if I had gone into it not knowing what was going to happen to Macy. The episode was done well, but I would have liked to have been surprised.

While the episode was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, the impact felt different than when Prue died, which was such a shock. Piper’s reaction to Prue’s death was one of the most heartbreaking scenes I have ever witnessed and while I think the sisters stood by Macy in her last moments, I needed to feel a little bit more from them to truly understand and sympathize with the pain I had felt when we lost another Charmed sister years ago.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in for now!

In addition to the cliffhanger with Jordan, we also learned that there is another one out there to be a part of the power of three. So, do these sisters have a Paige waiting in the wings? We’ll have to wait and see, but it is enough to spark my curiosity so I will continue to watch for now, but I have to say that I am disappointed about Macy’s departure. For me, she was the strongest sister on the show and I’m not sure what this means for Harry now.

I also am going to miss Abby on the show, who played the villain you loved to hate with flair so I’m not sure if the power of two can keep things going.

Stay tuned for season 4!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Charmed in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Spoiler-Free Review of the “Kung Fu” Season Finale on The CW: This Show Just Became a Contender

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“Look beyond the duality of good and evil…”

Kung Fu premiered on The CW on April 7th 2021. Season one features thirteen episodes and the season finale aired on July 21st 2021. The series stars Olivia Liang, Shannon Dang, Gavin Stenhouse, and Tzi Ma. Each episode runs for approximately 42 minutes.

Inspired by the 1972 series of the same name, The CW’s Kung Fu introduces us to Nicky Shen, who ends up running away from her family to become a Shaolin monk. After her mentor is killed and a mysterious sword is stolen, Nicky returns home and encounters several new threats along the way while trying to make things right with her family.

Season one brought us a good balance of epic fight scenes, the mystery behind the great power, and some welcomed family drama and levity. The episodes were entertaining, but followed a new weekly case/mission style, which meant that you could easily skip an episode and then return to the show without skipping a beat.

However, as we got toward the later episodes of the season, the mystery behind Nicky’s destiny became more and more intriguing, leading up to the season finale. But does the season finale of Kung Fu do enough to bring us back for season two? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The Shen family can hold their own!

Sure, Nicky Shen may be the warrior of the family, but everyone consistently proves their worth and I thought the season finale did a good job of still reflecting Nicky’s family values and connections without overshadowing everything else going on.

It’s part of what makes her who she is and it gives her something to fight for.

There were some really great moments and I have to say that I will always be rooting for the Shen family!

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All hail Zhilan!

I just need to take a moment to recognize how amazing Yvonne Chapman is at portraying the villainess, Zhilan. I thought that the later episodes of the season did a good job of developing her character more. She could have easily been molded into a typical “bad gal,” but there is a lot of complexity to her character and it actually really enhanced the whole “duality” plot even further.

I think she is truly fantastic and how does she always look so stunning?

Epic final battle.

I really love watching the fight scenes on this show. While most of them involve a pop music soundtrack in the background, the one in the season finale needed to feel different and I thought it was truly fantastic.

There was a true artistry to the choreography behind the fight scene and it was magical watching our two leading ladies face off on screen.

More please!

The Cons:

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Nice and neat.

I don’t want anything to happen to any of the characters on this show, but things felt a little too nice and neat by the end. A sacrifice needs to be made or something tragic needs to happen to keep Nicky’s fight relevant, but there is plenty of time for that in season two.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I’ve truly enjoyed my watch of this show, but the season finale really stepped things up for me. I thought it was really entertaining and the set-up for season two looks like we’re heading in the right direction to keep this show going strong.

Nicky Shen is a warrior worth rooting for and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Kung Fu in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Stories” Drive In on FX on Hulu: Let’s All Go to the Movies!

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“Fear is the ticket…”

American Horror Stories released its third episode, “Drive In” on July 22nd 2021. The episode is available to watch on FX on Hulu. Episode three stars Rhenzy Feliz, Madison Bailey, Naomi Grossman, Adrienne Barbeau, and John Carroll Lynch.

A young couple decide to head to a present day showing of a brutal horror film called “Rabbit Rabbit,” that was the site of a bloody massacre back in 1986. After several warning signs are presented, things go horribly wrong…

Here is the trailer:

American Horror Stories: Drive In brings us back to the movies, as we witness horror off and on the screen. However, does the episode pack enough of a punch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Drive In Nostalgia.

Drive In theaters don’t really get enough attention, but they have been making a comeback. Thinking back to films like Grease, it always seemed like the Drive In was the place to be and I immediately felt like I was being reeled into this story even more because of this clever setting.

Gory and brutal!

Wow, this film did not hold back. There was a lot of gore in this entry and there were a few scenes that had my stomach turning. You’ll know when you see it…trust me.

The episode did a great job of presenting us with horror on and off the screen as it showed us what would happen if a horror movie came to life right before our eyes. I was completely horrified by what was happening and I thought the two main stars did a good job of holding our attention.

And those guest stars were fantastic!

The Cons:

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I wanted more!

I was honestly really intrigued by the original massacre in 1986 and wanted to see more about this. Since these episodes are anthology style, we only get a certain amount of time to devote to each one, but AHS does a great job of circling back to potential stories so hopefully we will see more in the future. I really enjoyed this episode, but it felt a little bit too short and I wanted to witness more of the story.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This episode was gory, brutal, and a lot of fun. It seamlessly balanced Drive In movie nostalgia with skin-crawling horror. So far I have been really pleased with all three episodes and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” in Theaters: Welcome Back to the Game

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“Whatever you do, don’t let them win…”

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is the sequel to 2019’s Escape Room. The film premiered in theaters on July 16th 2021. It stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Holland Roden, and Indya Moore, and runs for approximately an hour and thirty minutes.

After winning and surviving the escape room the first time around, Zoey and Ben are determined to take down the mastermind behind the game, bringing them to a set of coordinates in New York City. However, they quickly discover that they are back in the dangerous game along with a previous group of winners.

Here is the trailer:

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is filled with new games and challenges to keep us on our toes, but does the second film have enough of an edge to measure up to the original film? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Exciting new setting.

Getting around New York City is basically like one big puzzle so I thought it was brilliant to have it as the new setting for the Escape Room sequel. I thought the games were really intense and I loved that we just jumped right into things. We got a little bit of set-up and some flashbacks to remind us about where we left off at the end of the first film, but once the games started back up again, it was a fast-paced roller-coaster ride of adrenaline.

Impressive twists and reveals.

I am a big fan of the first film even though I thought it went a little bit off course with the ending. However, it did set things up for a second film so I guess there’s that. I was a little bit worried that the second film would feel slightly routine since we already knew what was going on, but we were thrown several curve balls along the way and there was one major reveal that had me almost screaming in my seat.

Well played!

The Cons:

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Annoying use of flashbacks.

I understood the point of the recap/flashback in the beginning of the film. It reminded us about what happened and it also helped fill in the blanks for a new audience. However, the film continued to use the flashbacks later on to remind us how certain characters felt about one another. I thought this was slightly insulting to the audience (we can figure this out on our own) and unnecessary, but it didn’t take up too much time so I’m over it.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This film was intense from start to finish. It was really entertaining and a lot of fun. I thought it was just as strong as the first film and I think fans will be happy with it. I still can’t get over that major reveal!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Escape Room: Tournament of Champions in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Fear Street Part 3: 1666” on Netflix: A Chilling Conclusion Worth Waiting For

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“The full moon rises before nightfall…”

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is a supernatural slasher film that premiered on July 16th 2021 on Netflix. It is the third and final entry to the trilogy. The film stars Kiana Madiera, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Gillian Jacobs, and Sadie Sink. It runs for approximately an hour and fifty-four minutes.

Inspired by the R.L. Stine book series, the third film brings us back to 1666 as we learn the truth about the deadly curse and the backstory behind Sarah Fier.

Here is the trailer:

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 channels The Witch in a serious way and may be the most disturbing and terrifying entry of the franchise. Does the finale measure up with the rest of the films? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Disturbing on a whole new level.

I wouldn’t say that the other entries were really scary. These are meant to be teen horror films but there has been plenty of gore and slasher fun to keep us entertained. However the third film took the cake. It was so disturbing and chilling.

I think part of what made it so frightening was that it explored the darkest parts of humanity and showed how truly awful people can be, which is more terrifying in a lot of ways because it’s something that we witness every single day.

I was glued to the screen the entire time and several parts really made my skin crawl. I think that this was definitely the scariest film by far.

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Familiar faces return and supporting characters get to shine.

I thought it was genius to allow the audience to witness the events of 1666 with the characters we have come to know over the past two films. It really helped elevate the major time jump and it allowed us to see things with brand new eyes.

I also really loved seeing certain supporting characters shine even more in the final film. We got glimpses of their potential over the past two films, but everyone truly got their moment in the spotlight in the final film and there were a few surprises mixed in as well.

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Reveals well worth the wait.

The third film honestly shocked me with some of its reveals. I was really satisfied with the major twist and I thought that the film did a good job of answering all of my questions while seamlessly presenting us with a worthy final battle. It’s not always easy nailing an ending and I think this film did a great job of presenting us with a worthy conclusion to this fun franchise.

I really hope they decide to do more films and it would be awesome to see an anthology style with the plots from the actual books!

The Cons:

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I don’t have any…

I really enjoyed this franchise. I thought that the first film was trying to find its way a little bit, but when I look at everything as a whole, it was truly entertaining and a lot of fun! 

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

I absolutely loved the third and final film. It presented us with really intense moments that were absolutely terrifying and I thought it seamlessly connected back to the main plot without ever skipping a beat. 

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Fear Street Part 3: 1666 in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Stories” Rubber Wo(man) on FX on Hulu: Home, Sadistic Home

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“Ghosts aren’t real and curses aren’t real…”

American Horror Stories premiered on FX on Hulu on July 15th 2021 with the first two episodes: “Rubber Wo(m)an” parts 1 and 2. The remaining five episodes will air weekly, leading up to the premiere of American Horror Story: Double Feature (season 10). Each episode of the spin-off anthology series runs for approximately 45-48 minutes. The first two episodes star Matt Bomer, Sierra McCormick, Gavin Creel, Paris Jackson and Kaia Gerber.

The series will present us with different stories each week connecting to the original AHS universe. The first two episodes bring us back to the beginning. A new family moves into Murder House so they can flip the house and learn that they may be in over their heads.

Here is the trailer:

American Horror Stories has the opportunity to bring us back to welcomed settings with familiar faces, but is the anthology spin-off worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Back to the beginning…

I am a big fan of American Horror Story and I love that we encounter a new setting, story, and group of characters (with familiar faces) in each season. However, some seasons are much stronger than others and often I used to wonder about what would happen next at these infamous places of horror.

Well, American Horror Stories has managed to cure my curiosity by bringing us right back to the beginning with Murder House. American Horror Story: Apocalypse managed to sprinkle in a lot from the other seasons and this is basically a snapshot version of that, as we branch off into a new story with a new set of characters in a very familiar setting.

The “Amityville Horror on Crystal Meth” is back and so is the infamous rubber suit. Scarlett moves into the house with her two dads, who are determined to fix up the house and flip it.

I absolutely loved this return to the beginning. We get to see Murder House through a new set of eyes with a new darkness emerging through its walls.

Familiar faces.

Many AHS alum have signed on for the anthology series and I was excited to see Matt Bomer star in this one. I think this helps us remember that even though this is a spin-off, it’s still a part of the AHS universe ultimately and that wouldn’t feel the same if we didn’t see some familiar cast members along the way for our journey.

I’m excited to see who else is coming back! *No spoilers here.*

A plot that draws you in.

I actually really adored the plot right from the beginning. Even though there were familiar concepts, it felt new and fresh. Scarlett was great and I loved the love story emerging in the walls, giving me some Violet and Tate nostalgia.

The Cons:

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Goes off the deep end a little…

In true AHS fashion, the plot does go a little bit bonkers when we get into the second episode. I thought that the first episode was stronger than the second, but things did get a little bit silly toward the end. That being said, that’s part of AHS’s campy horror charm and as a fan of the series, I have come to expect that.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

As a fan of the series, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this spin-off. I didn’t really know what to expect at first, but I absolutely loved it. It was really fun seeing the Easter eggs and nostalgia weaved into the plot while still managing to do something unique and different with the new story.

AHS always brings us a great balance of twisted horror and humor. It somehow just works even though it may seem slightly ridiculous at times. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my watch of the first two episodes and I’m really excited to see the stories continue!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Gunpowder Milkshake” on Netflix: Girl Power to the Extreme

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“When they need someone to clean up their mess, they send me…”

Gunpowder Milkshake is an action thriller film that premiered on July 14th 2021. It is currently available to stream on Netflix. The film stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett. It runs for an hour and fifty-four minutes.

The film follows two assassins who happen to be mother and daughter. After being separated many years ago, the two reunite to help protect an eight year old girl from a dangerous group of men.

Here is the trailer:

Gunpowder Milkshake looks like a dream at first glance. The cast is out of this world and it immediately gives us a noir-Tarantino-John Wick-esque vibe which seems like it should be a lot of fun. However, imitation is not always a sign of flattery. Does its attempt to channel this film style get in the way of pure greatness? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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All star cast.

If I wanted a group of female assassins to protect me, I would be more than thrilled if these ladies showed up. The cast was honestly the best part of the movie. These ladies kicked some ass and showed a lot of style and flair along the way. I wanted to explore some of the supporting characters more, but I loved each and every one of them and I thought that even the actress who played the young girl was truly talented.

Dream team right here!

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Plenty of action to go around.

If you are looking for mindless violence and plenty of fight scenes, you are in the right place. The film delivers in this category. While some of the fight scenes early on were a little bit too rehearsed and choreographed for my liking, the later scenes made up for this.

The Cons:

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Took a while to get going…

When I’m in the mood for a lot of action and violence, I don’t want the pace of the movie to feel slow. For me, this film took a while to get going. Sure, there was plenty of action in the first half of the movie, but the overall plot and pacing just felt slow and unsure of itself.

Once we got to the second half of the movie, I was all in, but I don’t want to have to wait an hour to get there…

Lost some originality points.

I’m all for a movie channeling the vibe of another work, but this film felt like a tired imitation of John Wick and Kill Bill at some points. The slow motion scenes with loud music behind them were almost excruciating to watch. They just didn’t really work here in my opinion.

Once we got to the second half of the film, I noticed that they stopped doing them so much, which really made a difference.

Having a cast of female leads should be empowering and inspiring. There were moments of this throughout the film, but I also thought they deserved a lot more and I also wanted some more humor worked into the film so it didn’t take itself too seriously. Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk was pure perfection for me and I think this film should have taken a page out of its book to understand that you don’t need to mash up popular film styles and gimmicks to make a film entertaining.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

The film was entertaining and I really adored the cast. It took a while to get going, but once it did, I was invested. I think if the film had made a few tweaks and abandoned its gimmicks and slow motion scenes, it would have been a lot better, but if you are looking for a fun action thriller, you’ll get that here.

I recommend watching Nobody first; however, if you haven’t already, which was absolutely incredible!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts on Gunpowder Milkshake in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Gossip Girl” Reboot on HBO Max: Why So Serious?

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“Been a minute…did you miss me?”

The reboot of Gossip Girl premiered on HBO Max on July 8th 2021 with the first episode. The remaining nine episodes will air weekly. Each episode runs for approximately 55 minutes. The reboot stars Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Tavi Gevinson, Eli Brown, and Emily Alyn Lind.

Kristen Bell returns as the voice of Gossip Girl, but the rest of the original cast do not. The Upper East Side is back on display as we follow a new group of teenage elites and witness them go to scandalous measures to get what they want while attending Constance Billard. The original Gossip Girl website may have shut down, but a new source emerges to keep the dirt coming.

Here is the trailer:

Gossip Girl (2021) has a lot to live up to as the original series was an entertaining guilty pleasure to indulge in. Are we ready for a reboot of the series and does it do enough to find a voice of its own? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A more diverse cast.

Much like the Saved by the Bell and Charmed reboots, we are presented with a more diverse cast for the reboot of Gossip Girl. I think this is a step in the right direction to be more inclusive this time around.

Sibling rivalry and a new Gossip Girl.

The main plot reminded me a little bit of One Tree Hill. We have half siblings who end up in the same school and drama is high as a result. I think this is the best part of the show so far and I’m interested to find out more about the true intentions of both siblings and how far they will go to keep up appearances.

We also get a twist on the new “Gossip Girl” and learn the identity right away. This takes us away from the outrageous reveal at the end of the original series and also gives us a chance to connect with a different set of characters that may see things a little bit differently. I’m intrigued by this so far.

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A familiar voice to put us at ease.

It wouldn’t feel right with anyone else narrating the show as the infamous “Gossip Girl” and hearing Kristen Bell’s voice made me feel right at home. Sure, the dialogue is a little outrageous, but there was a much needed nostalgia present as a result, especially since the rest of the cast is absent…even though we get plenty of reminders and name drops along the way to keep us tuned in.

The Cons:

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Don’t lose sight of what made the show work in the first place…

My biggest con with this reboot is that it takes itself way too seriously. The dialogue is beyond atrocious. I understand we are focusing on a new generation, but no one talks like this. While Riverdale presents us with some over-the-top dialogue as well, it still manages to keep us entertained because it knows when to lighten the mood even during some of the angst-filled melodrama.

In similar fashion, the original Gossip Girl worked because it was so outrageous and it embraced this. The cast really elevated the characters and made you care about them…even though they were horrible human beings!

Blair Waldorf is the iconic Queen Bee of television and even though Chuck Bass was beyond ridiculous, he was so entertaining to watch! The back-stabbing and twists just somehow worked because the show understood that it was meant to be a guilty pleasure teen drama.

The reboot is having an identity crisis and is taking itself too seriously, which makes the execution flat and uninspiring. I don’t care about any of the characters yet and it was honestly really difficult to watch a lot of the pilot episode, which is beyond disappointing.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

I want to give this show a chance to get better because I am a fan of the original series. However, the majority of the pilot episode was painful to watch. I am going to give the show at least three episodes to change my mind, but it needs to really make some major changes if it wants to connect with a new generation and fans of the original series.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on the Gossip Girl reboot in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Fear Street Part 2: 1978” on Netflix: Groovy Gory Perfection

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“It’s happening again…”

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 is a supernatural slasher film that premiered on July 9th 2021 on Netflix. It is the second entry to the trilogy which will take place over the next three weeks. The film stars Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ted Sutherland, Ryan Simpkins, Gillian Jacobs and Kiana Madeira. It runs for approximately an hour and fifty minutes.

Inspired by the R.L. Stine book series, the second film brings us back to 1978 as a dangerous killer makes their presence known at Camp Nightwing in Shadyside.

Here is the trailer:

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 takes a stab at a different decade as Deena and the remaining survivors attempt to learn more about what happened back in 1978 when a similar curse terrorized the town. We are introduced to new characters and a new setting, but does it do enough to keep the story going? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Nails the setting.

While Fear Street Part 1: 1994 channeled Scream and 90’s slashers, Fear Street Part 2: 1978 brings us back to the world of Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp. Other horror series have taken the summer camp setting and done quite well with it. The second season of Slasher and AHS: 1984 both featured summer camps and there’s just something about this setting.

I loved the music soundtrack even more in this film and it really did a great job of immersing us into this world without ever skipping a beat.

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Believable chemistry between the characters.

My biggest con with the first installment was that it was lacking a little bit of chemistry between all of the characters. Well, that problem has been solved in the second film. I loved every single character and cared about their well being. It was nice to see Sadie Sink step into the spotlight and she played the role extremely well. I thought that the sister vibe really worked and there was even a little bit of humor sprinkled into the mix that translated much better in the second film.

Seamless transition into the main story.

As a standalone, this film is just pure magic. There is a lot of gore and terrorizing moments, but you find yourself rooting for all of the characters even though you know you are witnessing a past event. That being said, I thought that the seamless transition back into the main plot was really effective and I was drawn into the story that much more as we unlocked missing pieces to the puzzle.

The Cons:

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We need more!

I don’t have a single con for the second film. I thought it was perfect and I loved it from start to finish. I just wanted to spend even more time at Camp Nightwing because it was that good.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

I enjoyed the first film, but this one really stepped things up a notch. There was a perfect blend of summer camp slasher nostalgia along with some really compelling moments. The performances were believable and this really elevated the overall story. I can’t wait for the final film!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Fear Street Part 2: 1978 in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

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